Ministerial List: 168 women groups kick, write Lawan

Abiola Akiyode Afolabi
Abiola Akiyode Afolabi

THE protest letter by 168 women groups in the country has viewed with ‘dismay and utter disappointment’ the 87% male dominated ministerial list presented to the Senate by Mr. President.

The groups wrote collaboratively as Nigerian women, professionals and experts representing different regions, ethnicities, social and political allegiances and organizations for youths and persons with disabilities.

In the letter addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, the women groups said: “This list maintains and reinforces the historical exclusion of women in the country, ignores the youth and people living with disabilities and thus inhibits the critical goal of achieving meaningful, equitable and participatory national development.

“The list submitted by Mr. President reneges on the repeated campaign promises by his government and creates a crisis of confidence in the integrity of our elected political leadership.”

The groups noted the unavoidable consequences of failing to use the appointment exercise as a tool to steer the affairs of country towards a desirable and sustainable future.

According to them, such a future is as conceived by well received and established best practices and obligations arising from the 2030 Global Agenda of the United Nations.


The groups therefore request the following:

“You solemnly remind all the distinguished Senators charged with the responsibility of “screening” the nominees for ministers, that more than any other moment in our history, they have a responsibility to Nigerians to act diligently in terms of their engagement with these nominees.

“That you remind and require them to also serve as advocates and representatives of the millions of excluded groups as well as women of all ages who have a lot to contribute to the future of the country but are ignored and marginalized.

“That you remind our honorable senators to bear in mind that, what they say and do as leaders in chambers, can positively advance our collective existence which in actual reality should mirror the country’s demographics, with a focus on equitable gender representation as well as the inclusion of diverse skills, expertise and knowledge.

“That you encourage all senators to speak up and challenge government at all levels on the matter of women’s inclusion. Specifically, that they demand that equity is done in terms of the numbers, spread, roles and location in governance and government by female nominees (such that the few women on any list are not consigned to insignificance).

“We ask that Senate draws the attention of the President and governors to Nigeria’s commitment to several National and International obligations such as the United Nations SDGs – which specifically put an onus on Nigeria to dramatically improve on its embarrassing levels of inequality.

“We ask that Senate note in particular, that 30-35% has been reserved in some national policy documents, and that within our National laws, there are provisions that categorically call for the inclusion of youth (not too young to run) and persons with disabilities. We ask Senate to recall and operationalize the provisions of the 2006 National Gender Policy and the constitution of the ruling APC on these issues).

“We ask you and other distinguished Senators to send a clear message to the Executive that women and other groups excluded from fair representation are your political constituents. As responsible leaders/ representatives of the people, we ask you to object to any list by the Executive that significantly excludes your constituencies who have informed you of their desire to be fully involved in the issues that affect them.

“Lastly, we insist that the inclusion of constituents is actually an indispensable strategy for stemming the multi-faceted dimensions of political, social and economic crises facing Nigeria.”


  1. Dr. Abiola Akiyode Afolabi, Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)
  2. Ms. Ebere Ifendu, Convener, Women in Politics Forum (WIPF)
  3. Dr. Felicia Onibon, Founder, 100 Women Lobby Group
  4. Dr. Nkoyo Toyo, CEO, Gender and Development Action (GADA)

Signed by:


  1. ACTs Generation
  2. ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation
  3. Adinya Arise Foundation (AAF)
  4. Advocate for Health and Development Initiative
  5. African Women’s Initiative (AWI)
  6. Ajegunle Community Project
  7. Alliances for Africa (Afa)
  8. Aminchi Women Cooperative Society
  9. Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation
  10. ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF)
  11. Briskila Emefesi Women Foundation (BEWOF)
  12. CEE-HOPE Nigeria
  13. Center for Economic Empowerment And Gender Activities Ceega
  14. Centre for Alternative Development and Self-Enhancement (CEADESE NG)
  15. Centre for Health and Development in Africa (CHEDA)
  16. Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN)
  17. Centre for Peace Education and Community Development
  18. Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN)
  19. Change Managers International Network
  20. Charity Women Spring of Salvation
  21. Chedal Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society
  22. Choung-Dung Women Association.
  23. Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)
  24. Christian Women in Nigerian Politics
  25. Community and Youth Development
  26. Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiative (CEAPDI)
  27. Community Initiative for Healthy and Peaceful Society
  28. Community Life Project (CLP)
  29. Community Rescue Initiative (CRI)
  30. Community Women Initiatives
  31. Courageous People Health and Development Initiative (CPHDL)
  32. Courageous People Health and Development Initiatives
  33. Daria Media Foundation
  34. Development in Practice Gender and Entrepreneurial Initiative (DIPGEI)
  35. Dorothy Njemanze Foundation
  36. Dream Alive Women and Orphans Support Foundation (DAWOS Foundation)
  37. Echoes of Women in Africa Initiatives
  38. Education as A Vaccine (EVA)
  39. Emerge Women
  40. Empowerment and Action Research Centre
  41. Enough is Enough Nigeria
  42. Equality Through Education Foundation ( ETEF)
  43. Equity Advocates (EA)
  44. Equity Advocates/ The Woman Today Newspaper
  45. FAME Foundation
  46. Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON)
  47. Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN)
  48. Federation of Paralegal Network (FEDPAN)
  49. Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
  50. Fembridge Development Initiative (FEDI)
  51. First Future Leadership
  52. Forward in Action For Education, Poverty And Malnutrition (FACE-PAM)
  53. Gender Action Awareness Trust (GAT)
  54. Gender Advocacy for Justice Initiative (GAJI)
  55. Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN)
  56. Gender and Development Action (GADA)
  57. Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI)
  58. Gender Awareness Trust (GAT)
  59. Gender Development Initiative
  60. Gender Equality Center
  61. Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre
  62. Gender Technical Unit (GTU)
  63. Girl Child Advocacy and Education Initiatives
  64. Girl Child Africa
  65. Girl Child Education, Care & Rehabilitation
  66. Girl Education Rehabilitation and Care (GERAC)
  67. Green Spring Development Initiative
  68. Hadis Foundation
  69. Heal Disability Initiative
  70. Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON)
  71. HEIR Women Development
  72. Hope for New Life
  73. Inter Africa Committee (IAC)
  74. Inter Gender Peace Foundation
  75. International Action Network on Small Arms Women Network of Nigeria
  76. International Hairstylists, Barber and Body Therapists (IHSTOBAN)
  77. International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH)
  78. Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation
  79. Jamatul Nasir Islam, Women Wing
  80. Jana Health Foundation
  81. Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC)
  82. Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPM)
  83. K/Mashi Gamji Women
  84. Kebetkache Women Development and Resources Centre
  85. Kimpact Initiatives
  86. Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)
  87. League of Queens International Empowerment
  88. Lift Initiative
  89. MBULA Women Association
  90. Media & Teens Network.
  91. Media Concern Initiative
  92. Mojubaolu Olufunke –Okome
  93. More Women in Politics
  94. Nasrul – Lahi-L- Faith Society (NASFAT)
  95. National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)
  96. National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)
  97. Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN
  98. Next Initiative for Gender Actions (NIGA)
  99. NGAS Women Farmers’ Cooperative Society
  100. Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)
  101. Nigeria Labour Congress, Women Committee
  102. Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)
  103. Nigeria Women Trust Fund
  104. Nigerian League of Women Voters
  105. Nigerian Women Politics Forum
  106. Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NTWF)
  107. Ogayem Merciful Care and Support Initiatives (OMCSI)
  108. Ogun Women Alive
  109. Onomese Foundation
  110. Osi Joe Touching Lives Initiative
  111. Ovie Brume Future Leadership Development
  112. Partners West Africa
  113. Peasant Dragnet
  114. Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI)
  115. Project Alert on Violence Against Women
  116. Rays of Hope Community Foundation
  117. Relief Development Initiative Kaduna
  118. Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative
  119. South- South Professional Women Association
  120. Stephanie Peace Building Development Foundation
  121. Support for Needy Children and Women Initiative (SUNCHI)
  122. SWOFON National Abuja
  123. The Inclusion Project (TIP)
  124. The Priceless Jewels Foundation
  125. Transformation and Development Center (TDC)
  126. Transition Monitoring Group
  127. Tunde & Friends Foundation (TAFF)
  128. UC Women Commission
  129. Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI)
  130. Voice of Ogun Women (VOW)
  131. WADHI
  132. West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP Nigeria)
  133. Widows Development Organization (WiDo)
  134. Woman-Being Concern Nigeria
  135. Women & Youth Awareness Empowerment Network (WOYAEN)
  136. Women Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Other Diseases (WAHPOD)
  137. Women Advocates Research And Documentation Center (WARDC)
  138. Women Aid Collectives (WACOL)
  139. Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI)
  140. Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)
  141. Women Empowerment and Initiative Development
  142. Women Environmental Programme (WEP)
  143. Women Farmers Alliance
  144. Women for Peace and Gender Equality Initiative
  145. Women for Peace and Gender Equality Initiative (WOPEGEE)
  146. Women Foundation Initiative
  147. Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN)
  148. Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN)
  149. Women in Africa Initiative
  150. Women in Agriculture
  151. Women in Mining
  152. Women in Politics Forum (WIPF)
  153. Women Information Network (WINET)
  154. Women Initiative for Democracy and Empowerment (WIDE)
  155. Women Law Development Center of Nigeria (WLDCN)
  156. Women Lead Agric
  157. Women League For Peace And Freedom (WILPF)
  158. Women of Vision Development Initiative
  159. Women Protection Organization (WOPO)
  160. WOMEN RADIO 91.7
  161. Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN)
  162. Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative (WICCI)
  163. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  164. Women’s Right to Education Programme
  165. Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP)
  166. Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP)
  167. Youth Future Savers Initiative
  168. Coalition on the Inclusion of Women in Governance

– July 26, 2019 @ 10:35 GMT |

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